Dick with Mixed Doubles Partner Jane McKesson of Colorado
July was an amazing month for Dick & Lawana Johnson as they represented Idaho & Arizona in two of the biggest and most important national amateur sporting events in the country.
In July, Dick won two bronze medals in the National Senior Games in Minneapolis.
Dick recently followed up with three gold medals in Singles, Men’s Doubles, & Mixed Doubles in the National State Games of America in Omaha.
Dick with Men’s Doubles Partner Paul Hoggatt of Arizona
Dick was the first and only Idahoan to ever medal in Pickleball at either of these national events. His two Bronze medals at the National Senior Games were two of only 15 medals in all sports won by Idahoans.
And, he was the only pickleball player from any state to win three Golds at the National State Games of America!
Pickleball’s ultimate ambassador, Rodney “Rocket” Grubbs, talks with Chris about how he discovered the sport, indoor versus outdoor, rally scoring, what he loves about the game and what he might be open to changing (hint: it involves the kitchen). We also get a preview of this year’s USAPA Great Lakes Regional Pickleball Tournament.
Come on out to watch and cheer fellow club members participate and compete in the Idaho Senior Games!
Where: Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave, Boise When: Friday August 7th, 8:00am and
Saturday August 8th, 8:00am
Friday’s matches will be men’s and women’s doubles.
Saturday’s matches will be mixed doubles and singles.
Singles will begin at noonon Saturday—or 30 minutes after the end of the last mixed doubles match.
The Idaho Senior Games is a social and recreational experience designed to encourage better health and fitness of men and women age 50 and over, regardless of residence. The level of competitiveness is up to you! There are more than 50 events, with competition in 11 different age categories.
Pickleball at the State Games of Oregon this year was a blast! Held near Portland, Oregon, this is one of the longest running pickleball tournaments in the nation, celebrating it’s 25th year being included in the State Games of Oregon. With a great mix of pickleball veterans as well as new players, they hosted 147 participants of all ages. This two-day event is a powerhouse – players have the privilege of participating in two full tournaments in both age double events and all skill double events in one weekend! Check out this short highlight video and you’ll see the excitement and skill present at this incredible tournament!